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Paul Sellers
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There is a good reason not to have the jaw flush and it’s simple. Most wood loading into the vise is mall stock such as drawer parts, rails, table legs and such. This means holding it with the less dominant hand as you tighten the vise with your right or vise versa, pun intended. With the gap the vise jaw and liner allows, there is room for the hand to grip the wood and tighten the vise without awkwardness or pinching your twixt wood and bench.